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Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High Schools

Jere Behrman, Susan Parker (), Petra Todd () and Kenneth Wolpin ()
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Petra Todd: Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Kenneth Wolpin: Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania

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Abstract: This paper evaluates the impact of three different performance incentives schemes using data from a social experiment that randomized 88 Mexican high schools with over 40,000 students into three treatment groups and a control group. Treatment one provides individual incentives for performance on curriculum-based mathematics tests to students only, treatment two to teachers only and treatment three gives both individual and group incentives to students, teachers and school administrators. Program impact estimates reveal the largest average effects for treatment three, smaller impacts for treatment one and no impact for treatment two.

Keywords: student; teacher; and group incentives; randomized social experiment; Mexican high schools (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012-10-01
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Journal Article: Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High Schools (2015) Downloads
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